4. What I Become Through Faith in Jesus
People have many needs. Here are some common problems. Which ones do you think are most common to the people you know?
Fear of death Loneliness
Bad habits Low view of self-worth
No power to do right Feel far from God
In order to help us solve these problems, God gives certain gifts instantly to those who trust in Jesus. They are written in the Bible verses below. First read the Bible verse, then write the main point on the first line. Then, on the next line, write one of the problems from the list above.
1. Read 1 John 3:1. Because of Jesus, a person becomes a (1)_________ (answers listed at bottom)
… and so there is no reason to have a (2)______ .
2. A. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-18. Because of Jesus, a person becomes a (3) _____
… and so there is hope that the person can change any (4)_________________ .
- Read 1 Peter1:3. This verse explains that I have new life because God caused me to (5) ___________ .
Read Colossians 3:9-10. Now I have a new (6)__________ which wants to obey Jesus.
C. About Satan. Read Revelation 12:9. Satan was created as a good angel, but he rebelled against God and became God’s opponent (the word “satan” means”opponent”.) The angels who rebelled with Satan are called “evil spirits” or “demons” in the Bible. Satan lives for self, not for God. When we live for self, we are thinking the same way as (7)_____. Satan makes suggestions to do bad to our thought life. This is what is meant by “temptation”. Our selfish nature (the “old (8)____”) finds these suggestions to be reasonable, and likes to do them. God has provided an answer to this problem by giving us a “new self” which finds it natural to follow Jesus, not Satan.
- Read 1 Corinthians 12:27. The person who believes in Jesus becomes a member of the (9)_____
… which is also called (see first part of verse 28) the (10)_______________ ,
… so, the person knows others will care when the person feels (11)_________ .
- Read 1 Corinthians 12:7. God has given the (12)_______
… who can help when the person has (13)____________ .
- Read 1 John 5:13. The believer knows that after death there is (14)__________
… so there is no need to have (15)_____________________________ .
- Read Acts 10:43. Because the person believes in Jesus, the person has (16)___________________
… so the person can turn to God when feeling (17)__________ .
- Read Colossians 1:27. From the time the person trusted Jesus,
there was a special connection: Jesus is (18)___ me
… so the person knows God is near, even when feeling (19)___________________ .
These gifts are given to a person instantly upon trusting Jesus. There is nothing additional the person needs to do in order to have them. The term for this reality is “Position in Christ”. When a person does not feel these gifts, there is a basis for hope, because the person knows God has already provided these gifts.
Below is the third part of the Apostles Creed. After you read it, circle the words that are the same as the things you wrote in the gift boxes:
THE APOSTLES CREED, THIRD PART
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
“Saints” means “believers,” (and “communion” means “togetherness”), so “communion of saints” means that we have an eternal relationship with all other Christians. “Amen” means we agree with what was just said.
HELP FOR DAILY LIVING. Write words from the Creed that help when one feels:
Sad because life is short (23)____________
ANSWERS: (1) Child of God (2) low view of self worth (3) New Person (4) Bad habits (5) born again or new birth (6) self (7) Satan (8) self (9) Body of Christ (10) Church (11) loneliness (12) Holy Spirit (13) no power to do right (14) Eternal Life (15) Fear of Death (16) forgiveness of sins (17) guilty (18) in (19) far from God (20) Holy Christian Church (21) Holy Spirit (22) Forgiveness of Sins (23) Life Everlasting